SAMUEL WATKINS, OLD SOLDIER, FOUND DEAD
Samuel Watkins, an old soldier about 75 or 80 years of age, was found dead in an outhouse at the home of T.C. Randolph, on the north river road, about 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon. He had complained about feeling ill, but had not been confined to his bed; and it is thought that heart disease was the cause of his death, as he told members of the Randolph family that his heart had been affected for some time. Mr. Watkins has been spending the summer with the Randolph family, and went there a few weeks ago to stay for a while, most of his life had been spent in this county. He leaves two sons, John, who lives near the Wildcat, and Harlie, who lives on Morehouse gravel road, and a daughter who lives northwest of the city.
Lafayette Daily Journal, February 28, 1918, Lafayette, Indiana
Other information about Samuel Watkins: He served in the 10th Indiana Regiment during the Civil War. Below are notes taken from his pension application. Samuel is buried at the Indiana State Soldiers Home Cemetery in West Lafayette, Tippecanoe County.
From the Pension Application of Samuel Watkins:
Answers are exactly as he wrote them.
Mr. Samuel Watkins
Quest. 1: Are you a married man? Ans.:
Quest. 2: When, where, and by whom were you married?
Ans: Was married on the 7 of August 81
Quest 3: What record of marriage exists?
Quest 4: Were you previously married? If so, please state name of your former wife and the date and place of her death or divorce.
Ans: Kesiah Watkins died 1889 was married Greenhill Warren Co. Ind.
Quest. 5: Have you children living? If so, please state their names and the dates of their birth.
Ans: three children Atlanta B Watkins Bornd 82 August Harley Watkins Bornd 83 November Johney Watkins Bornd 85 February. One dead. Zles Watkins. 3 living We have no home.
Date of reply July 14 1898
Submitted by Adina Watkins Dyer